Category Archives: Tom Taffel Articles

Discovering What Our Discoverer’s Words Were Meant to Mean

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by Tom Taffel By definition, a living language continually changes its words, usage and meaning.  As you will see, Mary Baker Eddy was an inspired wordsmith, prayerfully and patiently choosing her words with meticulous care and deliberation and reflection.  Today, unfortunately, so many of her words fail to communicate the ideas they once conveyed.  Many of her words have lost… Read more »

“Shared Death Experiences”

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by Tom Taffel Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 75-76: “There is one possible moment, when those living on the earth and those called dead, can commune together, and that is the moment previous to the transition – the moment when the link between their opposite beliefs is being sundered.  In the vestibule… Read more »

“Confrontation at the 1969 Annual Meeting”

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By Tom Taffel DEED OF GIFT AND COPYRIGHT LICENSE AGREEMENTTom Taffel<< Address on file >>The First Church of Christ, ScientistOctober 17, 2012 (Date Property Received)December 20, 2012 (Signed Under Seal) Prologue:  One month earlier, on May 4, 1969, James Forman interrupted the service of Riverside Church of New York to read a 2,500-word “Black Manifesto” and to make specific demands to… Read more »

Living our values and valuing our lives through Emergence International

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by Tom TaffelJanuary 31, 2020 “Living our values and valuing our lives through Emergence International.” “Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” (S&H 79:31) Are you coming from a place of scarcity or abundance? The decision is yours to make — and what a rewarding, life-changing decision it is. Abundance should… Read more »

Coming Out For Good

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by Tom Taffel April 24, 2019 The following article was recently rejected for publication from the Christian Science Publishing Society. From the editors: “Publication of your article would definitely look like an endorsement from The Mother Church of homosexual practice. Thus, we cannot publish it.” Walking through the valley of the shadow of death wasn’t the path I chose; but it was… Read more »

Glimpses of Eternity

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by Tom Taffel Due to unexpected time constraints, I curtailed my 2018 Emergence International, St. Louis talk: “Life, Death and Our Journey Home” – which unfortunately deprived our attendees of the most important and elucidating part of the talk devoted to “Shared Death Experiences,” based on Mary Baker Eddy’s illuminating, (albeit underappreciated), statement in Science and Heath: There is one possible moment, when… Read more »

A Celebration of Life

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A Celebration of Life (Memorial Service) You can use a share A talk by Tom Taffel at the 2018 Emergence Conference Below is a “Celebration of Life Service” you can use and share with others. It’s uplifting, joyous, healing and ‘ready to go.’ In time of need, you will not need to start from scratch and reinvent the wheel. I… Read more »

A Celebration of Life through Music

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Hymns from the Christian Science Hymnal Assembled by Tom Taffel 64,    From Sense to soul my pathway lies before me 134,  I look to Thee in every need 146,  In god I find a precious gift 77,    God is my strong salvation 413,  Let us sing of Easter gladness 263,  Only God can bring us gladness 412,  O dreamer, leave thy… Read more »

Protect and Defend

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by Tom Taffel June 3, 2013 To defend is the natural tendency to guard and fortify. Naturally, we take steps to defend ourselves against the things we think will threaten, attack, and weaken us. This is quite different from being “defensive,” which is often associated with suspicious and distrustful behavior. To me, the battle cry of defensiveness is the costly… Read more »

“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific”

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“Evil is neither communicable nor scientific” by Tom Taffel Revised June 28, 2017 In the truest sense of the word, only good, derived from God, is communicable, scientific and of lasting benefit. God’s thoughts never leave their source. They communicate only good — never evil — as the means to teach us beneficial lessons. Erroneous beliefs can have many camouflages… Read more »